*Beyonce Knowles has been named among 178 film industry notables invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the folks who vote for the Oscars.
The singer-actress, whose new album “4” is due June 28, has starred in such films as “Dreamgirls,” “Cadillac Records,” “Obsessed” and the upcoming “A Star is Born,” due in 2012.
Other invitees include actors Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner, Jesse Eisenberg, Russell Brand, David Duchovny, “King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper, Ellen Page, “The Kids Are All Right” writer-director Lisa Cholodenko, writer Aaron Sorkin, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the academy’s new chief operations officer, Ric Robertson.
Documentarian Tim Hetherington, who was nominated for an Oscar this year and then killed in Libya two months after the ceremony, was invited posthumously to join the academy.
The film academy has just under 6,000 voting members.